PM Netanyahu Awards "Prime Minister's Prize for Initiatives and Innovation"
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 13 November 2012),
for the third year, at a ceremony at Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva,
awarded the "Prime Minister's Prize for Initiatives and Innovation."
The goal of the prize is to encourage initiatives, innovational thinking,
imagination and creativity among various population groups, including young
people, and thereby lead to significant changes in society, the environment,
science, technology, etc.
The Prizes, which are worth NIS 170,000, were awarded this year to
entrepreneurs in two categories: The Prime Minister's Prize for Initiative
and Innovation for Financial Profit and the Prime Minister's Prize for
Initiative and Innovation Not for Financial Profit (NIS 70,000 each). Two
honorable mentions will also be awarded, one in each category (NIS 15,000
Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "These two great forces – initiatives and
innovation – push society and life to new heights. We are facing a very
promising and, in a certain sense, a very challenging period. The
development of the world of the Internet has reached the cyber world very
quickly; the cyber world reaches the world of cyber-attacks. There must also
be defenses; new things come from this defense – new industries and new
understandings. We must advance these from within both the Government and
the Prime Minister's Office. I believe that this is not only within us, it
is also our future. Therefore, we established this Prize. Initiatives and
innovation advance humanity, the State of Israel and society. The pace of
change, applications and initiatives is increasing. This attests to the
creativity of the Jewish People, the State of Israel and Israeli citizens."
The Prime Minister's Prize for Initiative and Innovation for Financial
Profit will be awarded to Yoni Bloch, CEO and Co-Founder of Interlude --
Interactive Video Technology http://interlude.fm/
The Prime Minister's Prize for Initiative and Innovation not for Financial
Profit will be awarded to Prof. Rivka Yahav
for her work in developing an innovative system to the early discovery and
treatment of environmental and developmental difficulties in youth at risk
(such as sensory-motor, language, emotional and behavioral difficulties).
The system, which has been in use since 2004, has worked successfully in
kindergartens throughout Israel, among all population groups, and serves as
a model for increasing awareness regarding the early treatment of at risk
The Honorable Mention for Initiative and Innovation for Financial Profit
will be awarded to Prof. Oded Shoseyov
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of CollPlant http://www.collplant.com/
which focus on regenerative medicine and tissue repair based on its
proprietary processing technologies for human collagen and other recombinant
The Honorable Mention for Initiative and Innovation Not for Financial Profit
will be awarded to Dr. Dovi Weiss, Chief Scientist of Time to Know
http://www.timetoknow.com/ which has developed an interactive core
curriculum and a digital teaching platform, designed specifically for
one-to-one computing classrooms, and which is currently available for fourth
and fifth grade math and reading/language arts. It has been in successful
use around the country for the past five years.
The committee that selected this year's winners is chaired by National
Economic Council head Prof. Eugene Kandel
Its other members are: Tami Hauspeter, Adviser to the Prime Minister and
initiator of Prime Minister's Prize for Initiatives and Innovation; Intel
Israel General Manager Maxine Fassberg
Ben-Gurion University Dept. of Business Administration Prof. Dafna Schwartz
http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/fom/BusinessDep/Pages/staff/DafnaSchwartz.aspx , Dr.
Harry Yuklea http://www.yuklea.info/ from the Technion (inter alia); Itamar
Medical Co-Chairman of the Board Dr. Giora Yaron
http://www.itamar-medical.com/About_Us/Board_Of_Directors.html and "Start-Up
Nation" co-author Saul Singer http://startupnationbook.com/about .